PROS / Aventine Press provides basic publishing services.
CONS / Aventine Press offers a few additional services you can buy.
VERDICT / This company will get your book into a pleasing print or eBook format for a relatively low price.
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Aventine Press describes itself as the “Number One Author Friendly Self-Publishing Company,” and its website states that it is a small book publishing company, “but you wouldn’t know it by the quality of services we provide or the results we achieve.”
This company prides itself on speedy service and says its layout, design and formatting is among the fastest in the world of book publishing companies. Generally, a proposed book can move from manuscript to publishable form in approximately three months with Aventine Press.
As part of its basic service package, Aventine Press will assign an ISBN number, create a barcode, publish your book in paperback, place images inside and offer copies for professional reviews.
For an extra cost, you can choose among the extra services provided. Among these are copyediting and proofreading, copyright services, creation of cover art, a Library of Congress Control number, press-release writing and notification to media outlets. For an additional fee, you also can get help from this company with setting up a website with information and pictures, book excerpts and help for potential customers to buy your book.
You also can have your book converted to eBook format and Aventine will check for errors and fix them before submitting the eBook to Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, the Apple iBookstore and more so that customers who are browsing these substantial online booksellers can purchase your book and read it on electronic reading devices. Aventine Press also will arrange for the See Inside the Book capability on Amazon.com, which is irresistible to book lovers and is an excellent enhancement for encouraging potential customers to click the Buy button.
Aventine Press’ website says that it typically pays authors 80 percent of the money the firm gets from book sales, after wholesale distributor costs and the expense of printing. You also can buy copies of your book at a discount for your own marketing efforts at events such as book fairs, conventions, trade shows and other places you might find potential buyers.
There are plenty of author resources on Aventine Press’ website that you can use to get publicity for your book and have it recognized by reviewers and, hopefully, potential buyers.
Aventine Press uses a subsidiary of Ingram Book Group, which is a huge book distributor. However, it does not use Baker & Taylor, Inc., which is another enormous book distributor. Your book can be sold through Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Buy.com, Powells.com, Alibris.com and Abebooks.com.
This small, no-nonsense company does not operate a bookstore of its own, explaining on the FAQs section of its website: “Wouldn’t you really prefer your readers to order your book through Amazon.com or booksellers to purchase your title through a distributor like Ingram? Why advertise your book as self published?”
Aventine Press provides a toll-free phone number, an email address and a FAQs section on its website for author support. It also has a section on its website titled “Author’s Spotlight,” and the books featured there link directly to online sales outlets such as Amazon.com.
With a fairly small number of titles in print and no online bookstore, Aventine Press is at a bit of a disadvantage. However, if you want basic publishing services from a small publisher that is proud of its author relationships and do not want to be bothered with a host of costly extras, Aventine Press might be just the choice for you.